Superior Fire battles suspicious blazes

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Superior Fire Department at the scene of a brush fire. Photo by Richard Drennan

  The Superior Police Department is seeking information about a series of fires that broke out on Sunday, Nov. 26, in different areas around town.

  At 9:13 p.m., Superior Fire Department was paged out for a report of a brushfire on US 60 near the Family Dollar store. The on-duty crew quickly responded in the tender (engine/tanker) and found a quickly spreading brushfire on the south side of US 60 just west of Highway 177. Structures were about 50 yards away and the fire was aggressively attacked as off-duty and reserve firefighters responded in a second engine to assist. The fire was extinguished and the area soaked with water.

  As fire crews returned to the station at 10 p.m., a glow was spotted and calls came in about another fire near Western and Valentine. An SFD engine arrived to find dry brush and tall bushes at least 6 feet high engulfed with fire spreading in a vacant lot surrounded by occupied homes.

  The fire was contained to a small area and put out as a call of a third fire was reported on Highway 177 and Ray at 10:07 p.m. The fire was much larger than the first two and quickly climbing the hill towards Apache Leap. It was attacked at the head of the fire stopping it from climbing up further and extinguished with the area soaked with extra water.

  All the fires were suspicious and being looked into as arson. Superior Police Department located a suspicious male subject at the time of the third fire a few blocks away and detained him for investigation.

  No further brush fires were reported at that time.

  If you have any information about these fires or have seen anything suspicious that can be related, please contact the Superior Police Department.

Superior Fire Department at the scene of a brush fire. Photo by Richard Drennan

Superior Fire Department at the scene of a brush fire. Photo by Richard Drennan

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